Romania Gloats about Beating Bulgaria with No Smoking Ban
Romania hopes to capitalize on the decision of neighboring Bulgaria to ban smoking in all enclosed public spaces, as it may be seen as an attractive destination for tobacco-addicted tourists, media reports say.
Tobacco-addicted summer holiday-makers can rely on Romania for laxer control in restaurants, cars, hotels and offices after Bulgaria introduces the full ban on June 1.
Currently, both Romania and Bulgaria impose a partial smoking ban, which is however widely ignored.
Bulgaria's resorts expect more 1 million tourists to come from neighboring Romania this year, according to the local association of travel agencies.
People from the business however caution that the huge flux is thanks to the fact the tourists are still not aware of the new rules Bulgaria has imposed.
The full smoking ban in closed public spaces was to be enforced in Bulgaria back in 2010, but was postponed by the government with the argument that it might harm the country's tourism.
Opponents to the ban in Bulgaria say once it is introduced in cafes, bars and restaurants, regardless of size, smokers' rights will be violated, while small and medium-sized enterprises will face huge difficulties.
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knez you are either misinformed or ill intended. I watch the news on the first 2-3 TV channels in Ro daily and read the most poular newspaper and I dont recall any news about Bg smoking ban. Most news about Bg seaside are positive: better prices, all inclusive system we dont have here, the fact that some restaurants have Romanian written Menus etc. When there is competition they actualy praise Bg and criticize the Ro Gvt for poor legilation and Hotel owners for poor management as compared to their Bg counterparts. The only negative news from Bg are usualy about car thefts and poor cooperation with the police. Actualy the only news about Bg in recent days was a news alert today about a BG ship catching fire on the Danube
This thread is veering away from the smoking ban, of which I no nothing regarding Romania..
Romanians, both smokers & non-smokers, spend their holiday cash in Bg because they receive more value for their lei.. Like Russia in the early 00's, thyey went from the bottom of the pile to being more expensive than most western European countries, from simple greed..Certainly wasn't from improved infrastructure or taxes.. Bucharest became a hell-hole by '99, but Ro's beach resorts have always been there, and would remain the default summer destination for most Romanians, as it always was, except for the greed factor..
The title is misleading, rather hostile and has nothing to do with the body of the article. True the atitude of local Dobrogea officials is to stress the clubbing tourism Ibiza style (smoking is a plus) and not the family tourism because the way privatisation went there, the division of property, doesn't support family tourism (hotels and restaurents are individualy owned unlike in BG). True, bogomil, Romanian owners are greedy and prefer higher profit margins from fewer consumers, on the other hand this will either lead to bancrupcy or high quality - high added value (this is already valid for cultural tourism in Ro). Your comments about Bucharest are malitious (most cities I love are rather expensive than cheap, and if Bucharest is so it means people afford it). I think the not so well intended title and bogomil's comment are rather unfair and not very elegant considering the large amount of Ro tourists in Bg, their regard for Bg, their effect on local Bg economy etc
Also weird that Romania has the same beach resorts, but priced itself out of the holiday resort market, even for its own people.. A level of greed in Romania that I'm not comfortable with: a much different country than it was 20 years ago, when even Bucharest was fairly livable..